Laura Loomer, a vocal supporter of former President Trump, has chosen a divisive path by adopting a strategy reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s birther controversy, aimed now at Nikki Haley. Recently, Loomer posted an article on her website questioning Haley’s eligibility for the U.S. presidency, suggesting that since her parents were immigrants when she was born and hadn’t gained citizenship until after her birth, Haley may not qualify as a “natural born citizen.” This claim has sparked significant controversy and debate across social media platforms.
When a Community Note flagged Loomer’s article on X/Twitter, she vehemently objected, alleging censorship of factual information. However, the factual basis of her argument has been called into question by numerous experts. According to the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University, the 14th Amendment’s Naturalization Clause and relevant Supreme Court precedent dictate that anyone born on U.S. soil, subject to its jurisdiction, is a natural born citizen, irrespective of their parents’ citizenship status at the time of their birth.
Loomer also cited Ron DeSantis’s supposed alignment with the belief that Nikki Haley is ineligible for the presidency, but this connection seems tenuous at best. DeSantis’s policy regarding birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants doesn’t directly address Haley’s situation. There’s no evidence to suggest that Haley’s parents were in the U.S. illegally, highlighting a significant gap in Loomer’s argument.
The timing of Loomer’s attack on Haley appears to be politically motivated. A recent poll from New Hampshire depicted Nikki Haley within a close margin to Donald Trump, sparking concerns among Trump supporters. Loomer’s sudden focus on Haley might be seen as an attempt to undermine her credibility and pose doubts about her eligibility in the race against Trump. This tactic parallels Trump’s recent criticisms of potential rivals like Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, indicating a strategic effort to undermine perceived threats within the Republican party.
Overall, Loomer’s accusations against Haley’s eligibility for the presidency seem to lack substantial legal basis and appear more driven by political strategy and concern for Trump’s potential political rivals. The controversy stirred by Loomer’s claims highlights the complexities of the interpretation of citizenship laws and their political implications in the context of upcoming elections.